June 7, 2010
ATHENS, Ga. --- Former Georgia gymnastics standout Courtney Kupets is one of two student-athletes nominated by the Southeastern Conference for the 2010 NCAA Woman of the Year Award. Kupets was nominated along with former Alabama softball player Brittany Rogers.
The NCAA Woman of the Year Award honors graduating student-athletes who have distinguished themselves throughout their collegiate careers in the areas of academic achievement, athletics excellence, community service and leadership.
Kupets was a four-year letterwinner on the Georgia gymnastics team from 2006-09. As a senior in 2009, she led Georgia to its fifth straight NCAA Championship, and she won the all-around, bars, beam and floor individual competitions. She became the first gymnast ever to win a national title in all four events and received five First-Team All-America honors, making a total of 15 for her career, the maximum for only competing three years.
Kupets is the all-time NCAA leader with nine individual championships and was named SEC Athlete of the Year, as well as the AAI National, NCAA Southeast Regional and SEC Gymnast of the Year. Kupets became the third Gym Dog ever to record a 10.0 in all four events, and she had seven 10.0s in 2009, including three at the NCAAs.
She was a National Honor Society member, was chosen as ESPN The Magazine First Team Academic All-American and was a recipient of NCAA and SEC postgraduate scholarships. She was also a member of the Blue Key Honor Society and a recipient of the Richard B. Russell Student Leadership Award. She won UGA's Marilyn Vincent Award as the senior female student-athlete with the highest GPA. Kupets graduated from UGA in May with a degree in housing.
Each conference office may nominate two student-athletes for the award. The top 10 honorees from Divisions I, II and III will be announced in August and the top three honorees will be announced in September. The 2010 NCAA Woman of the Year winner will be announced at a dinner in Indianapolis, Ind., October 17.
Georgia has had three NCAA Woman of the Year honorees: swimmers Lisa Ann Coole in 1997, Kristy Kowal in 2000 and Kimberly A. Black in 2001.